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Twitter users are guessing which fictional villains are based on creators’ sexual fetishes

'Insert any given Claremont X-run villain here.'


Siobhan Ball

Internet Culture

Posted on Nov 5, 2019   Updated on May 19, 2021, 11:40 pm CDT

Comic book writer Gail Simone asked Twitter users which villains or villainesses do they suspect are manifestations of creators’ sexual fetishes on Monday.

Like we know that’s how 90% of villains were created, but once specific examples are pointed out, it’s hard to unsee them, you know?

“Um…my bet is on EVERY villain/villainess is based on a sexual fetish,” Twitter user @amenakamel wrote. “But Catwoman is glaringly obvious — hello BDSM.”

Early and longtime X-Men comic book writer Chris Claremont, who co-created dozens of characters, was featured pretty heavily in the thread.

“I pretty much assume Chris Claremont was extremely horny for all 26 years he was writing X-Men,” Twitter user @john_heathen wrote.

In fact, most of the thread was dedicated to Claremont, who co-created the Hellfire Club, a fictional society inspired by the real-life Victorian-era secret society in which aristocrats drank, had kinky sex, and tried to summon the devil.

“Definitely the Hellfire Club,” Twitter user @Peposed wrote. “I mean, have you SEEN Sebastian Shaw’s muttonchops??”

As it turns out, a lot of Claremont’s work seems to feature tentacles.

Other non-Claremont guesses include Ruby Thursday, Warrior Woman, The Exterminatrix, and Sin–all Marvel characters.

Though, to be fair, DC Comics also received its share of guesses.

“Bane is 100% the severe daddy Batman needs,” Twitter user @Agent_Armando wrote.

Just like Marvel has Chris Claremont, DC has William Marston, the creator of Wonder Woman.

“I would guess every man Wonder Woman ever tied up was a stand in for William Marston,” Twitter user @d8d12 wrote.


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*First Published: Nov 5, 2019, 7:15 pm CST